grp2 - Using Non Cargo-Cult Science to Guide our Research...

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Using Non Cargo-Cult Science to Guide our Research “Cargo-Cult” science is defined as a type of science based on or invented with the use of pseudo-science, a form of science that misses out on something fundamental to an investigation i.e. scientific integrity. A completely perfect and sustainable technology does not exist as every form of technology has its own pro’s and con’s. Thus our goal is to inquire about a good technology that satisfies the basic criteria for a non cargo-cult science. There are several steps we can take to insure the application of such philosophy in our research. Detailing all aspects of research, using precaution, and not getting carried away by choosing the desired results all help in insuring that we apply non-cargo cult philosophy to create new technology. Applying this process to the research in converting plastic waste to consumable oil directly helps link the application of “non-cargo cult” philosophy to research in creating new technology. Furthermore a good technology solves multiple problems without creating new ones(Vandivier 2-3). The first step in avoiding “cargo-cult” science is to use precaution in order to prevent any cargo-cult technology to sprout up while researching. The notion of ‘Prevent and prepare than repent and repair’, must greatly influence the research conducted and in our case we must verify whether our activity can cause harm to the environment and the ecosystem around it. According to Carolyn Raffensperger, “when you have scientific uncertainty
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